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“A little taste of Old Mexico in New Mexico”

cinnamonThere is something about authentic that is settling.  Whether it’s in clothing, merchandise, the arts, food, or lodging, if that something has, at least, the ring of what is true, real, and without pretense, one feels at home, comfortable, and relaxed.  Settled.

Cinnamon Morning provides you that sense of authenticity.  The real deal.  No pretense.  No plastic, artificial or make-believe about this place.

Innkeeper Sue Percilick evokes that unpretentious air from the moment you first enter the lobby and gourmet kitchen of her hacienda-style B&B and are warmly greeted by her two small dogs, Digby and Casper.  Becoming her instant friend, Sue’s “make yourself at home” attitude spills over into a generous display of “mi casa es su casa” hospitality.

Step outside the lobby into the brightly-colored and beautifully landscaped courtyard where flowers, wrought iron, clay pots, water features, and an outdoor cooking area beckon one to sit and enjoy the ambience of New Mexico living at its best.  This is a place you can find refreshment and simply linger all day and into the night.

Walking past the metal, pot-bellied chiminea on our patio, we found the newly-named Consuela adobe-walled casita much to our liking, with mortarless brick living room and bedroom floors.  The kitchen and bathroom featured tile floors, with the occasional hand-painted Talavera Mexican tile on the bathroom walls and shower.  Five peeled logs spanned the ceiling in the living room supporting cedar boards atop and a 2’x5’ skylight providing abundant natural, filtered light during the day.  Rough-plastered walls with earth-toned finishes featured the occasional framed painting or print of habenero chiles and other Southwestern themes.

A soft-leather, riveted sofa, handmade wooden box “coffee table,” a pair of bar stools, a few lamps and a desk with television filled out the living room.  On a wall next to a niche where a lovely mirror was framed in painted and embossed tin, hung an M&M-filled sconce.  Every room had one or two windows allowing plentiful light to pour in during the day.  The kitchen was fully equipped with everything needed to cook a meal if that was to your liking.  We instantly found the Keurig coffee maker with a generous supply of coffee pods standing at the ready for our morning cup of java.

Albuquerque itself has a historic downtown plaza just a couple miles away, so, for dinner, we hopped down to a favorite of the locals that’s been around since 1962, thanks to our innkeeper’s recommendation.  Other guests spending the evening had simpler fare in mind, and Innkeeper Sue directed them to something more to their liking.  She, herself, was heading out for Chinese food when we arrived in the late afternoon—so you know there are lots of food choices nearby.  That’s one reason we chose Cinnamon Morning B&B—it’s right off the I-40 corridor, close to Albuquerque’s historic downtown area, yet private and secluded enough where you’re not hearing the constant din of hotel guests’ conversations and their scurrying back and forth from room to elevator to lobby.  Tonight the winds are picking up enough for one to take notice, but the sounds of nature are far preferable to the sounds of traffic and people movement one would experience in a local hotel.

In the morning Sue fixed a creative alternative to Eggs Benedict, separating the egg whites and cooked yolks over an English muffin and Canadian bacon.  Several varieties of cut, fresh fruit and berries accompanied choice of apple or orange juice.  One guest asked for a bowl of oatmeal instead, so Sue whipped up a batch in a hurry.

After breakfast, for our morning excursion we chose to visit the Boca Negra Canyon site of the Petroglyph National Monument, just a short drive away.  Here one may find over 20,000 images carved in stone, including animals, people and crosses, while many are known only to the carvers. Afterward, following our hostess’s advice, we visited Albuquerque’s spectacular ABQ BioPark, featuring an aquarium and botanic garden on Central Avenue and a zoo on Tenth Street, just 2.5 miles away.  It’s suggested you allow an hour to visit the aquarium, 2 hours for the garden, and about 2.5 hours for the zoo.

We found Cinnamon Morning offered the perfect choice for visiting and exploring the greater Albuquerque area.  The inn was easy to find, comfortable, and located close to the attractions important for us to see.  Our innkeeper couldn’t have been more hospitable and delightful, allowing us the freedom to be ourselves, yet taking an interest in everything we wanted to do.  More than once she asked, “Do you have my number?” inviting us to give her a call for any reason while we were out and about.  Our little casita felt like a quiet, private refuge, allowing us to retreat there at the end of the day, away from the noise and busyness of the world outside.  Everything was in reach for us, and we lacked for nothing.

Cinnamon Morning is a great place to stay even when just passing through Albuquerque, on your way to see other sights.  On our way by car from Arizona, we stopped at El Morro National Monument and El Malpais National Monument, just to the west of Albuquerque, before arriving at our B&B destination.  After spending two nights here, we were off to visit Santa Fe and Taos.  Since we’d never explored Albuquerque before, our stay at Cinnamon Morning gave us everything we wanted in a B&B and more, particularly the excellent service from a knowledgeable innkeeper who helps point you in any direction you’d care to go.  As we drove around town, spotting several hotels with familiar names, we continually remarked how we made the right decision opting not to visit a chain hotel and deciding, instead, for the sweet comforts of a B&B that was both charming and exceedingly helpful.   Next time you’re in Albuquerque, whether for a short or long visit, make sure you stop in and stay at Cinnamon Morning Bed & Breakfast.

Cinnamon Morning

Bed & Breakfast

2700 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Albuquerque, NM  87104





Sue Percilick, Innkeeper


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